“Vessels: What We Hold, What Holds Us” by Candace Compton Pappas - April 18-May 2



Tuesday, April 30, 5-7pm
Join us at Shelby House on Tuesday for a special evening of conversation, collaboration, and some great music by ZAY SANTOS..
Feel free to bring something small you’ve collected during a recent walk,or along a greater journey.
We’ll display it during the evening.
Candace’s vessels are available in several sizes,and she’s offering a discount if you bring in your own totem to fill and purchase a vessel.

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For those unable to attend Candace’s Artist Talk on Saturday, April 20, highlights can be viewed on our brand-new Shelby House Santa Fe YouTube channel. Enjoy!



Journey with Branches I acrylics and ink on BKF Rives paper, set in wood-painted frame © Candace Compton Pappas

Journey with Branches I acrylics and ink on BKF Rives paper, set in wood-painted frame
© Candace Compton Pappas

Michigan-based artist Candace Compton Pappas will be in residence at Shelby House from April 18 through May 2, 2019.
This pop-up show will feature Compton Pappas’ works for sale with the artist in attendance throughout.
Opening Weekend Events
Friday, April 19, 5-7pm: Public Reception
Saturday, April 20, 2pm: Free artist talk with Q&A

My work is drawn from a love of earth, dirt and sky, color and light, and any materials I can make stick.
- Candace Compton Pappas


Compton Pappas considers herself primarily a painter, although she also creates mixed-media sculpture and assemblage. This April’s show, entitled Vessels: What We Hold, What Holds Us, presents a selection of paintings alongside large and small cement vessels. Compton Pappas invites the community into a conversation with her throughout her two-week pop-up show in Shelby House’s gallery space and front yard.
Please visit Compton Pappas’ Web site to learn more about her process, materials and artistic mission, as well as further information about individual works.


I have always been a gatherer. I like to take notice of little things, pick them up, and perhaps after a brief study, put them in my pocket. My studio is full of these things. Over time I send some treasures back out into the world - things like feathers and bones. I have made small and large vessels to hold the others. I build what I call “totem vessels,” an assemblage that pays homage to and holds my gatherings. Over the years I have pondered…what is it, this journey of noticing, gathering, and holding? What story does each item tell and how do we become part of this story? This show represents my reflections and imaginings around this journey of embracing, returning and  paying homage.
- Candace Compton Pappas


All artist images on this page © Candace Compton Pappas